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Public pension overhaul clears NM Legislature

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up the long-term finances of a pension system for state and local government workers in New Mexico cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and heads to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. The measure addresses one of the largest financial problems confronting state government. The governor plans to review [&hellip...

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Officials: Rabies confirmed in raccoon in Raton

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed rabies in a raccoon that was seen behaving erratically in downtown Raton. The raccoon was captured Monday and euthanized by an officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,...

NM lawmakers OKs budget despite veto threat

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are on a collision course over a proposed $5.9 billion state budget after lawmakers decided Wednesday to send her the spending blueprint despite a threatened...

Grant to replace contaminated homes under review

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation is moving toward accepting a $3 million federal grant to replace homes that were demolished because they were contaminated by radioactive uranium. The Daily Times (http://bit.ly/ZzDgnh ) reports that the Navajo...

Santa Fe Forest prescribed fire under way

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe National Forest is using prescribed fire to clear out dead trees and other debris on 300 acres in the Jemez Mountains. The project put up some smoke Tuesday but was postponed Wednesday. Officials say the burn will resume...

Tainted heroin reported in San Miguel County

March 13, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Tainted heroin apparently is to blame for one death and several hospitalizations among people booked into the San Miguel County jail in recent weeks, officials said. Authorities are using medical screenings and other steps to try to...

Senate OKs budget with state worker pay raise

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are close to wrapping up work on a nearly $5.9 billion spending plan to finance state government and public education next year, but Gov. Susana Martinez is threatening to veto the budget. The budget would provide state...

Senate approves tax break for horse racing tracks

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal for tax breaks to New Mexico’s horse racing tracks and casinos. Supporters said Tuesday the tax credits would help tracks stay in business because they’re struggling to compete with...

NM lawmakers OK expanded film, TV incentives

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Certain television projects and films in New Mexico could receive increased tax incentives under a measure heading to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. New Mexico offers a 25 percent refund for certain film and TV production expenses....

$3,500 reward offered in fatal shooting of NM cow

March 12, 2013 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Livestock Board says there’s a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for fatally shooting a cow in Grant County last month. The rancher who owned the cow found her dead Feb. 13...